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Percy and Dave

  Whether you have had chinchillas 3 months or 30 years, you know there is something special about these little chinchillas. They get to you. This is one of those stories. Percy is a standard chinchilla owned by Victoria Rodgers.  Victoria also owns 2 rabbits, but it is the chinchilla (who has more personality) who …

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Chinchillas 101 – Attending a Small Show

Chinchilla Shows I had the opportunity in November to judge a small chinchilla show in Florida. It has been quite a while since I judged a one day show with less than 100 animals in attendance. A smaller local show is a special show, a special opportunity!  Breeders small and large show up to support …

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Flying with Chinchillas

Flying with Chinchillas Official American Rabbit Breeders Association reference guide of airline carriers offering transport for rabbits and cavies. These are suggested recommendations. The American Rabbit Breeders Assn (ARBA) does not have jurisdiction over the way airlines institute airline travel. We can offer suggestions to make your task of flying rabbits and/or cavies less stressful. …

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Meeting in the Barn and Getting the Scoop

This new feature is in response to your request for more accurate information. We want to bring you the most experience and accurate information available. This month our guest experienced ranchers are; Ann Harris, So. Minnesota, with 53 years of experience. JoAnne Craner, Idaho, with 53 years of experience. Tamara Tucker, Texas, 23 years of …

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Using the Baby Nursery

Empress Chinchilla BREEDER October 2016 By JoAnne Craner (Craner Family Chinchillas) The arrival of new babies on any chinchilla ranch is nearly always a time for excitement. This is validated not only by my own experience but by the number of baby chinchilla pictures on social media. This excitement is sometimes followed by periods of …

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Pedigree vs. Registry – Is There a Difference?

Very similar to many owners of purebred animals, some chinchilla pet owners want proof that the animal they purchased is a quality animal so they ask for a pedigree. This is a great start except that a pedigree is no assurance of quality. A pedigree simply states the parents and grandparents of an animal and …

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Building a Baby Nursery

By Joanne Craner (Craner Family Ranch) Last month we mentioned the use of a baby nursery in our article about hand feeding babies. We had an inquiry regarding the “nursery” and decided to share with you an example of one that you can build yourself. We use nurseries on our ranch to maximize the production …

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GENETICS – Dr. Cara Beasley, Ph.,D. Part 1 of 2

Basic Terminology – In most animals there are two copies of every gene, one from the dam and one from the sire.  These genes can either be the standard (wild type), or a mutation.  Multiple sets of genes determine the coat color in chinchillas.  All the colors seen in chinchillas are mutations of the wild type …

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